Feb 20, 2015

DIY Flea Collar Using Essential Oils!


DIY Flea Collar Essential Oils

It has been a little over a year now since I jumped into the world of essential oils.

I haven’t regretted that decision one bit (actually, my only regret is not looking into it more 8 years ago when I first heard about Young Living) and I’m excited about sharing “oily” ideas with you guys!

For our family, essential oils have replaced our air fresheners, our cleaning solutions, and even our medicine cabinet.

Detox Your Home

Like many others, we have used essential oils to detox our home, and I’m thrilled to share with you something new that we’ll be doing to keep harmful chemicals off of our new family member… Rosie!  Isn’t she adorable?!?  That’s her at the top of this post.

She’s a lab mix that we got from the animal shelter and y’all… we had no idea what we were getting into with a lab.

But she’s learning quickly, and while she definitely has her crazy moments, she’s a really good dog that we are just thrilled to have (except for those times that she’s pulling on the kids’ clothes to try to get them to play with her – we haven’t figured out how to break that habit yet so tips are very appreciated).  :)

Since we’re new to the pet world, I’ve been doing a lot of reading and research about pets and one of the things that disturbed me was just how controversial the chemicals in flea collars are.

Here’s what Organic Gardening said about a recent report from the National Resources Defense Council….

“many name-brand collars on store shelves contain chemicals that can harm pets and their owners, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) isn’t doing anything to stop them.

The report honed in on two particular chemicals, tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP) and propoxur, used on national brands of flea collars, including Hartz and Zodiac. TCVP belongs to the class of nerve-damaging chemicals known as organophosphates, most of which are so hazardous that they’ve been banned for residential use or for use on pets. Propoxur belongs to a class of chemicals called carbamates, which also cause nerve damage, and it’s on California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer. NRDC was particularly concerned with exposure among toddlers and children, who pet animals and then put their hands in their mouths.” Source: Organic Gardening

Those chemicals are definitely not something I feel good about having on our dog, much less around our kids who are playing with her and petting her!

So instead, I did a little research and found an awesome recipe for a flea collar made with essential oils! This recipe is from The Complete Book Of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Anne Worwood.

DIY Flea Collar With Essential Oils

You can also use essential oils in a spray bottle as a flea repellent!

Just mix 1/2 cup of distilled water, a drop or two of Thieves soap or castille soap, and 8-16 drops (total) of your preferred essential oils that fleas hate.

Here’s a list of flea-repelling oils:

Eucalyptus radiata, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree), Lemongrass, Pine, Cedarwood, Peppermint, Lemon, Lavender, Orange, Melrose, Palo Santo, Thyme, and Citronella.

If you’re new to essential oils, what might be best is to start off with the Purification essential oil blend that’s in the Premium Essential Oils Starter Kit. Purification contains citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, Melaleuca alternifolia, lavender, and myrtle so there are several of the flea-repelling oils in there.

Essential OIls Promo

As many of you now know, Ryan and I have jumped on board the essential oils bandwagon (yes, Ryan too!) We use them for our family for all kinds of things and to support all of the different systems in our bodies... digestive system, nervous system, immune system, etc. Have you heard the saying "there's an oil for that"? There really seems to be!!

What God created through plants is definitely powerful and created to work perfectly with our bodies. It's funny that the media talks about essential oils like they're a "new trend" when people have been using essential oils for thousands of years! :)

With company after company popping up (goodness, it sometimes seems like a new one pops up every week) to try to take advantage of the "new trend" of essential oils, I'm thrilled to have found a company that I trust and that was the pioneer in bringing the use of therapeutic essential oils here to the states.

If you're interested in getting a starter kit of some of the most useful essential oils and essential oil blends, then I'm offering a SPECIAL DEAL just for Surviving The Stores readers right now!

Two years ago, Ryan got me this starter kit as my Valentine's Day present, and while I knew I would love it, I had no idea how much this one starter kit would change our lives!

The world of essential oils can be very confusing, so I'm using the commission money that I make to give you back freebies that will be a HUGE help in your oily journey!

If you get a premium Young Living starter kit (which is, on its own, a really great deal at $160) then I will ALSO mail you a package of awesome Essential Oils educational materials, a set of essential oil labels to keep your oils organized, a set of laminated easy-reference sheets for how to use the oils for First Aid, and how to use them for babies & children, AND a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

Oh, and one quick thing. You get ELEVEN 5 ml bottles with this deal. Several people always ask each time I talk about this starter kit if it's just the samples. Nope, you get everything in the picture below with your kit including the 11 5 ml bottles of oils!

What comes in the Young Living starter kit?  PLUS several freebies when you get started!!

If you are ready to buy a starter kit, then be sure to sign up as a wholesale member (with one of the premium starter kits) through the instructions below to take advantage of these freebies!

1.  Head over to the Young Living page here and fill out your information. {Please use your laptop or desktop to sign-up, instead of your smartphone or tablet.}

2.  Be sure the "Wholesale Member" option is checked so that you don't end up paying retail prices (which are 24% more than wholesale).

3. Be sure the "sponsor ID" and "enroller id" say 1423474 (so that I can send you your freebies!)

4. If you do not feel comfortable putting in your social security number (this is only for tax purposes if you decide to turn this into a business) then you can get an EIN from the IRS in just a few seconds here and use that number instead (the IRS just needs to be able to connect some number with you for tax purposes).   They need a Social Security Number or an EIN because if you make $600 or more per year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail (which is required by law). Young Living will never share this info with anyone.

5. Select which starter kit you want to get. My recommendation would be the Premium Starter Kit (and that's the one where you get all of the freebies!) Those are the oils that I use almost every single day!

6. You can skip the Essential Rewards part of the sign-up process, unless you know that you'll be ordering regularly. I'll send over an email with more details on that part of things after you sign up (if you're going to be purchasing products monthly then it's a great program that will give you credit back with each order and save you on shipping costs).

7. Go through the checkout process.

8.  VERY IMPORTANT: After you sign up, FILL OUT THIS FORM HERE and use the code "STSOILS" at the bottom. If you have any specific questions, feel free to email me at [email protected] and I will also help you find the information that you need. :)

BONUS Step 9 (COMPLETELY Optional!)

If you would like to earn a BONUS essential oil, then you need to get your order total up to 190 PV (different products have different point values). If you get the $150 Premium Starter Kit then you'll automatically have 100 point value... then you'll just need 90 more points to get the bonus oil. For example, you could grab an extra bottle of Thieves Oil at 33.75 points, 15 ml bottle of Lavender at 23.5 points, 15 ml bottle of Lime at 11 points, and the 14.4 ounces of Thieves Household Cleaner at 22 points (just pour one capful of the concentrated Thieves cleaning solution into a spray bottle and it lasts for a really long time!) All of those items will bring your total points up to $190.25 which will qualify you to get the BONUS oil! (This step is completely optional!)

(This step is completely optional!)

IMPORTANT:  This promotion is only available when you sign up with the sponsor ID and enroller ID as #1423474.

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Frequently Asked Questions:


Does signing up make me a "distributor"?

Nope! You are not required to sell anything at all to anyone. When you become a wholesale member, you get a special link that you can share with friends and get credit from their purchases, but there are no minimum sales amounts at all. In fact, 90% of the wholesale members in Young Living don't do the business side at all. They are buying from Young Living because of the quality alone.

Am I required to make a minimum purchase each month?

There are absolutely NO minimum monthly purchase requirements. To remain a wholesale member, you have to make $50 worth of purchases per year to keep your membership. But if there's a year that you don't make a $50 purchase, you can reinstate your wholesale membership discount by just placing a $50 order.

If you do find yourself making regular purchases each month, then Young Living has a rewards program (called Essential Rewards) where you can make a nice percentage back in product credit each month on all of your purchases. So that's a neat program to join if you find that you *want* to purchase regularly (but it's not a requirement for being a wholesale member).

Why should I buy from Young Living instead of other essential oils companies?

It does seem like a new essential oils company pops up every day, doesn't it?

I can't speak to the quality of other companies, but I can say that Young Living was the only company in my research of essential oil companies that could answer all of my questions about purity in a way that was satisfactory to me.

Young Living was the only company that has their own farms (in the regions where the plants should be grown), could absolutely guarantee that no pesticides or herbicides were used in the growing of any of their oils (they use essential oils for pest control and they do all of the weeding by hand), has their own testing equipment (they do both in-house and 3rd party testing, and use many different testing methods not just GC/MS which only tests for certain chemicals, not whether those chemicals are synthetic or not), and only uses the first distillation of oils instead of adding chemicals to get more out of the plant.

Young Living also was the only company that was directly in charge of essential oil farming operations. Every other company I researched goes through some kind of an “oil broker” to buy their oils. They have to trust that the oil broker is telling the truth, who has to trust that the essential oil distilleries are telling the truth, who have to trust that the farmers are telling the truth about what they say they are doing.

With Young Living, you just have to trust one company instead of several.

I feel like it’s a trust step either way (anyone could be lying) but I felt the most comfortable trusting Young Living since they are a full-disclosure company. ANYONE can visit the farms, participate in the harvesting and distillation, view the Young Living labs, and see the entire process. That's not an option with any other company.

How will I know how to use my oils?

One of the benefits of getting a starter kit through this promotion is that you also get to join our private Facebook group that's specifically for questions about essential oils!

The educational materials that I'm giving away as part of this promotion are also a HUGE resource. You can look up lots of things in it and see which essential oils and supplements may be helpful.

Does Young Living only sell essential oils?

The answer to this one was surprising to me when I first got my starter kit! Young Living actually has an entire line of personal care products, supplements, meal replacements, energy drinks, and more! Almost every product incorporates essential oils (for example, frankincense is absolutely wonderful in facial products), but there's a wide variety of products available.

What if I live outside of the United States?

For those who live in Canada, we will mail the book and labels, but will need to either reduce or remove the gift card to cover the extra shipping charge.

International orders of 100 PV or more will receive a $25 Amazon or Paypal gift card. Many times the only kit that is offered to those that reside outside of the US doesn't have a PV at all. To receive the gift card, you will need to have a minimum of 100 PV in your final order.

What about overseas US military?

If you are military with an APO/FPO address, you can still receive the same promotion as those in the United States since the address is here in the US.

Please let me know if you have any other questions at all and I will do my best to answer them!

Limited-time promotion. Only available until 6/30/15 or until there are no more freebie packages. This post will be updated if the promotion changes before June 30th.

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  1. I was wondering…does this mixture seem to prevent ticks as well as fleas?

    • Great question!

      There are a few different oils for tick prevention, but there is definitely some overlap (like the Purification blend) in the oils known to be repulsive to ticks.

      Tick repelling oils:

      Geranium, Rosewood, Thyme, Grapefruit, Oregano, Myrrh, Palo Santo, and the Purification blend

      Oils for tick REMOVAL:

      Palo Santo, Peppermint, Cinnamon Bark, Oregano, Thyme, Purification blend

      For tick removal, just put a drop of your preferred oil on the tick and wait for it to release its grip.

      • i have Lyme from a tick. Please please do not put oils, nail polish or burn the tick. The tick could regurgitate back into you, which could infect you the deadly disease called Lyme.

  2. Any suggestions on using essential oils for a tick collar?

    • Great question!

      For ticks, I’d go with the spray instead of a collar, especially if we lived in an area that had a tick problem.

      There are a few different oils for tick prevention, but there is definitely some overlap (like the Purification blend) in the oils known to be repulsive to ticks.

      Tick repelling oils:

      Geranium, Rosewood, Thyme, Grapefruit, Oregano, Myrrh, Palo Santo, and the Purification blend

      Oils for tick REMOVAL:

      Palo Santo, Peppermint, Cinnamon Bark, Oregano, Thyme, Purification blend

      For tick removal, just put a drop of your preferred oil on the tick and wait for it to release its grip.

  3. Suzzane says:

    Question, does it bother the dogs senses with the oils? I worry about garlic and citris sense?

  4. Robin Evenson says:

    I love EOs! As far as correcting the dog behavior, correct them like their mother would do, with a growl or bite. Make a deep grrrr or buuhhh sound and gentle remove them from what you don’t want them to do, or gently but firmly grab them by the scruff of their neck.

  5. Just started as a distributor with YoungLiving essential oils…They are great. Pure oil, no fillers or carrier oil. Thank you for the tip on the flea collar. We will be putting it on Mikey, asap.

  6. Hi! Thanks for the great info but I would like to know if this could be also used on cats.
    Thanks so much!

  7. love your site

  8. Thank you for the info.
    I have used a simple tea on my dog
    For about 5 years and it works fine.
    I boil some water with a whole lime
    Or lemon cut in half, I squeeze the
    The juice in the water
    Boil for about 10 to 15 minutes and let it cool.
    And then transfer the tea to a big spray water
    Bottle and I spray on my dog all over his
    Body every time he goes out.
    But I will try your mixture of oils too.
    Thank you!

  9. DeAnne Nicholson says:

    Can you use this for a cat, as well?

  10. NO…please never use an essential oil on cats. It is very toxic for them and can do a lot of harm. As far as dogs goes we have a lab puppy as well and if you didn’t mention Rosie’s name you could have been describing our little Stella. She has brought so much fun and frustration into our lives and we love her dearly for it.

  11. Hi – I came across this on Pinterest. That sounds like something I would definitely like to try for our dog.

  12. Do you empty the garlic capsules or do they desolve?

  13. How do you “soak” the collar in such a little amount of liquid?

  14. Anonymous says:

    What if we have two dogs who like to pester our cat? Will this hurt the kitty? Thx :)

  15. Anonymous says:

    Labs do two things…. Put things in their mouths and wag their tails. They have two emotions…happiness and love. I will never have any other kind of a dog than a lab. LOVE them! Thanks for the helpful post.

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